I've owned a mid 90's Maxima SE, Miata M, and WRX... and to most dealers dismay, I'm an avid test driver of new cars just for fun.
The Volvo is really impressive: great exterior lines, beautiful clean and contemporary interior, and just awesome for it's price.
The initial build quality is nice and the materials used are great.
Engine is by no means a monster but very well refined and gives a nice balance between performance, economy, and strong MPG.
Gorgeous Dash, Great Handling, Heated Seats, No nonsense ergonomics, "GREEN" car, Safety.